Fayette County Hospital has added Digital Mammography to its Radiology Department through the funding of a grant and the generous support of our community's participation in fundraisers. Digital Mammography is a state-of-the-art enhancement to traditional mammography and replaces x-ray film with solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special film similar to conventional mammograms. Digital Mammography also allows for shorter wait times for patients.
"With the addition of Digital Mammography to our department, we offer community members options for receiving advanced healthcare close to home". (Cheri Wolff)
Digital Mammography has greatly aided in the detection of early breast cancers. Recent studies show that as many as one in five cancers are still overlooked because the mammographic changes may be very subtle. It is the logical next step for locating some of these cancers. Digital Mammography has a number of attributes that may help a small breast tumor stand out from surrounding normal tissue. It is recommended over conventional film mammography at detecting breast cancer especially for women who are under age 50 (no matter what level of breast tissue density they have), as well as for those who are premenopausal (defined as women who had a final menstrual period within 12 months of their mammogram).
We provide screening and diagnostic mammography services fully accredited by the State (MQSA), FDA, and ACR.
To schedule a Digital Mammogram call 618-283-5466.